Joanne Grenfell

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Joanne Woolway Grenfell (born 27 May 1972)[1] is the Archdeacon of Portsdown.[2] She was installed at a service at Portsmouth Cathedral on 14 April 2013.

Grenfell was educated at Egglescliffe School, Stockton-on-Tees, Oriel College, Oxford,[3] and the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. She completed a DPhil on the writing of Edmund Spenser, continuing there as Lecturer in English until 1998. She trained for ministry in the Church of England at Westcott House, Cambridge from 1998 until 2000, when she was ordained, with her husband James Grenfell, in Liverpool Cathedral. After a curacy in Kirkby in the Diocese of Liverpool, she was Priest in charge in the Sheffield Manor ecumenical team ministry.[4] Following this she was a Residentiary Canon at Sheffield Cathedral,[5] Diocesan Director of Ordinands and Dean of Women's Ministry in the Diocese of Sheffield until her archidiaconal appointment in the Diocese of Portsmouth.


  1. ^ Grenfell, Joanne Woolway. Who's Who. 2016 (November 2015 online ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. Retrieved 24 July 2016.  closed access publication – behind paywall
  2. ^ Portsmouth Anglican
  3. ^ Crockfords on line accessed by subscription Saturday 20 April 2013
  4. ^ Church web page
  5. ^ Sheffield Anglican
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Trevor Reader
Archdeacon of Portsdown